The Belgian Arms

4.5
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Situated in the pretty village of Holyport, set back from the green and overlooking the pond, The Belgian Arms is a favourite with locals and visitors to the area alike.

We offer really tasty British food that’s beautifully cooked, a great selection of wines and a really good pint.

The atmosphere is warm, relaxed and friendly. The Belgian Arms is the ideal spot for meeting up with family and friends, an informal business lunch or dinner and simply having fun.
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London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My partner & I love this place & will keep coming back but the new chickpea curry was too dry & laughably small compared to my pub cod & chips, where the fish was tasty but overcooked (microwaved?) and so fell apart making to difficult to eat. The tartar sauce was used as a mortar to bring it back together. We’ll still return though

The Belgian Arms
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. Apologies that your fish and chips was not up to our usual standards. Our haddock and chips is always fresh on delivery, in the fryer to order and onto your plate for consumption. Please do let us know next time so that we can adjust any problems on the day. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Many thanks, Team BA

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MS
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and outstanding service staff in an exceptionally pleasant restaurant!

The Belgian Arms
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Mike, Thank you for your feedback, we have passed this onto the team. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Team BA

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CB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here several times now and absolutely love it. Despite being a pub offering quality gastronomy, it manages to swerve the 'gastropub' trap of trying too hard and ending up weirdly soulless and a bit laboured.

Warm and cosy with a roaring fire and a cheery crowd of locals, the food is excellent, with a gold medal straight off the bat for their Scotch egg starter. It's just SUCH a good dish - delicious at the table, but I couldn't help thinking that a couple of those when nursing a hangover would be the perfect culinary cure.

Great mix of pub classics done right alongside a more innovative set of menu options, which makes it perfect for a family dinner where the adults can leave themselves in the chef's hands while the kids have quality burger / bangers / fish n chips options.

Topped it off with a Sticky Toffee Pudding and a granola crumble that lets you convince yourself the diet's still vaguely intact as the taste bud party revs into gear.

Our local when in the area. Love it

The Belgian Arms
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Cyrus, Thank you for your positive review. It's refreshing to read such a in-depth review with the full experience achieved here with us at The Belgian Arms. We look forward to seeing you again soon when you are in the area. Best wishes, Team BA

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EL
London
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely delicious late lunch with the family - the chicken, leak and mushroom pie was excellent; the best I've had.

The Belgian Arms
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you very much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Team BA

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful, aubergine starter stunning roast beef and sea bass outstanding vegetables "molto al dente".

The Belgian Arms
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. Your feedback has been passed onto the team. Best wishes, Team BA

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VA
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food, we waited quite a while for it. Our table was too close to the kitchen swing door. But overall I would return again.

The Belgian Arms
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for your review. Apologise there was a slight delay in getting your food out. Next time you join us, please do let us know that you would prefer a table away from the door. We will make note on the booking and seat you elsewhere in the pub. Many thanks, Team BA

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WD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

nice place for the family to eat, but child portions are too small

The Belgian Arms
Responded 2 days ago

Hi William, Thank you for your review. We will definitely look into portion size for the children menu, its a difficult one to portion control for little ones making sure we minimise wastage due to the fact they all eat different amounts. Be sure to let us know next time you are in and we will be happy to resolve any issues. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Team BA

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LF
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good choice of gluten-free options. Visited for lunch with friends on Saturday. Staff pleasant and attentive and food tasty.

The Belgian Arms
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Linda, Thank you for your review! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Team BA

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a
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

i have been dining at the Belgium arms for many years, and this was one of the best meals i have had in a long time...
the portion sizes are just right, and some new additions to the menu really added something new
would highly recommend

The Belgian Arms
Responded on January 26, 2020

Hi There, Thank you so much for your review. Your feedback has been passed onto the staff. We're glad you have enjoyed the new menu and hopefully look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Team BA

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LR
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely meal at the Belgian arms! Brunch is especially good and the service staff and very attentive and accommodating. Brunch is very affordable and a lovely atmosphere for catching up with friends

The Belgian Arms
Responded on January 19, 2020

Hi Leah, Thank you very much for your feedback. Your comments will be passed on throughout the team. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Team BA

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CH
Buckinghamshire
12 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not many people so lacked usually buzzy atmosphere.
Very nice food and service and well chosen wine list

The Belgian Arms
Responded on January 19, 2020

Hi There, Thank you very much for your review. I guess the January Blues kept everyone away from the pub for a day or two. Hopefully the usual buzz you experience will be back again next time you visit. Best wishes, Team BA

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MH
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Sadly the mains were rather poor and took over an hour to arrive. Wonderful location and pub though if just having a drink

CR
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A small and widely scattered group of six of us seems to end up in the Belgian Arms for lunch each year between Christmas and New Year. 2019 was most enjoyable: Lauren looked after us very well. Our table was just out of the main bar area, with three seated on what looked like a Church pew with lots of cushions, and three facing them on 'ordinary' chairs. Inevitably as the pub filled over lunchtime it did get a bit noisy, but we could manage to converse without too much difficulty. The duck breast was very good, nicely cooked and not at all tough. The stone bass fish of the day was reported to be excellent, and the Kerala curry was tasty without being unnecessarily hot. The puddings (chocolate tart, poached pear and salted caramel ice cream, the latter specially purloined from the galley by Lauren), rounded us off. Our gang certainly will be back next year, and the Belgian Arms is very much on our list for when we are in that part of the world.

PE
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful food and service as always. One of favourite places to dine !

SJ
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I have only given three stars overall as I was very disappointed with my main course. I had chosen the beetroot, goat’s cheese and pearl barley on the previous Thursday evening and it was delicious. However on Saturday it was barely edible as it was greatly over peppered and with hardly any goat’s cheese , which was essential to maintain a balance of ingredients. I did complain to the waiter but I had no feedback, or even the remotest apology. The saving grace of the meal was the chocolate pave with ice cream and peanut brittle. Very nice indeed. I do like consistency in a dish and will sample the pearl barley dish another time and hope there is a light hand with the pepper.

DH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food lovely service and a very pleasant environment

M
Berkshire
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Staff excellent
portions small
Bar noisy
Might be better-to make a noise break from the bar to the seating area in the conservatory.
But a fun place to visit

A
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good to have vegetarian choices but barley/beetroot risotto slight out of balance - less barley please.

Soufle starter excellent as was the duck

FN
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food average, pork tough and Very fatty, the three other guests had beef which they said was delicious. Potatoes hard and very little veg for four people.

Y
Berkshire
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The service was very good throughout the evening - we were initially shown to a table in a remote corner behind non-dining tables - quite an odd set up, but were cheerfully moved to an alternative table. The mushrooms in truffle butter was . not what I expected - the mushrooms were chopped so the dish looked like scramble eggs on toast - not a whole mushroom in sight. The flavour was good.
The Hake was fresh and cooked perfectly but the bouillabaisse sauce was lacking as it was a thick tomato puree rather than a stick based clear broth.
The vegetables were green , hot and perfect in texture - no mean feat.

The Belgian Arms
Responded on December 2, 2019

Hi there, Many thanks for your review. We're glad that you found a more suitable table for your experience. Sorry that the food was not as you would of expected, your feedback has been passed over to the kitchen team who will take on board your comments. We do hope that we will see you again soon. Best wishes, The BA Team

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HH
Berkshire
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great to see a local place with such a lovely selection of wines by the glass and carafe. The food was fabulous too.

SB
London
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, service matched our speed (slow, lots to talk about). Would definitely go again.

The Belgian Arms
Responded on December 2, 2019

Hi there, Many thanks for your review. We really appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, The BA Team

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t
London
47 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a lovely lunch at the Belgian Arms - nice to meet somewhere there is ample parking and it has a really nice vibe inside. The only thing I would say is that it was a little on the cold side (not by the roaring fire but the dog walkers had nabbed that spot!) Service was attentive but not over powering, food was delicious and a really excellent dessert menu in my opinion.

The Belgian Arms
Responded on December 2, 2019

Hi there, Many thanks for your review! Apologise that the pub was on the chilly side, we've informed out front of house team and are working on getting the pub warmed up. We really appreciate your feedback. Best wishes, The BA Team

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M
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service, table was all ready and staff gave a warm reception. Food was enjoyed by all 6 of us.

The Belgian Arms
Responded on December 2, 2019

Hi there, Thank you very much for your review, glad that you had a great time with us here at The Belgian Arms. We look forward to hopefully seeing you again soon Best wishes, The BA Team

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p
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service food and staff excellent

The Belgian Arms
Responded on November 11, 2019

Hi Philip, Thank you so much for your review! We're glad you had a great time here at The Belgian Arms. We look forward to seeing you again soon Best wishes, The BA Team

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MR
West Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food superb! Great service and always a pleasure to visit! Chris the manager and staff are always polite and welcoming!

The Belgian Arms
Responded on November 11, 2019

Hi Marion, Many thanks for you're review. We're so glad you enjoy your time that you spend here at The Belgian Arms. We can't wait to see you again soon. Best wishes, Tasha

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JJ
Berkshire
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best for in Berkshire?....yes probably.

Great service too but the food is the reason to eat here

AM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great pub for a catch up and the food is delicious. I'll definitely be back.

The Belgian Arms
Responded on November 11, 2019

Hi Ali, Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Many thanks, The BA Team

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KT
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had a lovely lunch and the staff are always friendly.
Have visited a few times as in the summer the garden is lovely and on colder days the pub is cosy and always warm.
The lunch menu has something for everyone and they will tweak meals if you request a slight change.
Keep up the good work.

The Belgian Arms
Responded on November 11, 2019

Hi Karen, Thank you for your review. It's great to hear you enjoy the pub the whole year around. The fires now burning away as the weather has certainly turned for the winter. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, The BA Team

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really lovely pub and great food; will return for sure!

HC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

less good than normal as we all struggled with menu choices. Disappointed to be squeezed on to a table that was too small when booking for 5 was made several weeks out and a table for 8/10 was used by 5 behind us

SG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, wonderful service. Food was delicious and nice selection

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The service was very inconsistent which is unusual .

k
London
48 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, but very noisy. The menu is quite small, but some lovely options (well for me). Very nicely cooked and very tasty food. The steak that one of our party had was quite small and had a lot of fat on it. My fish dish was super and was probably the better choice. The pub itself was unfortunately very noisy where we sat as there was a large table of lads who seemed to shout at one another rather than talk. We will however try again as the service and food were worth a revisit.

SS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A lovely welcome: service was prompt but not over-bearing. The food was thoroughly enjoyed by me and by my dining companion. We were full after the main course but couldn't resist the delicious sounding desserts and were very glad we succumbed! I would recommend the BA to others and hope to return again myself.

JH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. I had the fish pie and a generous smidgen of cheese.

AH
London
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very noisy with a vibrant Friday night drinking crowd, food was very nice, service ok & bill was about what i'd expect. Will definitely return but request a table away from the bar!!

GJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought guests from the USA who were looking for a typical country pub. The Belgian Arms satisfies the bill and then some. A lovely setting with a wide choice of food and drink. I look forward to my next visit.

j
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service and food were really good. We were celebrating my Aunts 86th birthday in a very quiet way. The pub organised a plate with a message and a candle for her. The waitress also bought one of our younger members a cup of warm milk because she thought she wanted it. Really really kind and the food was deliscious.

DR
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service from all of the staff was excellent, would definitely book again